Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 08: October/November/December 1660
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Title: Diary of Samuel Pepys, October/November/December 1660
Author: Samuel Pepys
Release Date: November 29, 2004 [EBook #4124]
Language: English
Produced by David Widger
October 1st. Early to my Lord to Whitehall, and there he did give me some work to do for him, and so with all haste to the
office. Dined at home, and my father by chance with me. After dinner he and I advised about hangings for my rooms,
which are now almost fit to be hung, the painters beginning to do their work to-day. After dinner he and I to the Miter,
where with my uncle Wight (whom my father fetched thither), ...



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October 1st. Early to my Lord to Whitehall, andthere he did give me some work to do for him, andso with all haste to the office. Dined at home, andmy father by chance with me. After dinner he and Iadvised about hangings for my rooms, which arenow almost fit to be hung, the painters beginning todo their work to-day. After dinner he and I to theMiter, where with my uncle Wight (whom my fatherfetched thither), while I drank a glass of wineprivately with Mr. Mansell, a poor Reformado of theCharles, who came to see me. Here we staid anddrank three or four pints of wine and so parted. Ihome to look after my workmen, and at night tobed. The Commissioners are very busy disbandingof the army, which they say do cause greatrobbing. My layings out upon my house anfurniture are so great that I fear I shall not be ableto go through them without breaking one of mybags of L100, I having but L200 yet in the world.2nd. With Sir Wm. Pen by water to Whitehall, beingthis morning visited before I went out by mybrother Tom, who told me that for his lying out ofdoors a day and a night my father had forbade himto come any more into his house, at which I wastroubled, and did soundly chide him for doing so,and upon confessing his fault I told him I wouldspeak to my father. At Whitehall I met with CaptainClerk, and took him to the Leg in King Street, anddid give him a dish or two of meat, and his purserthat was with him, for his old kindness to me onboard. After dinner I to Whitehall, where I met withMrs. Hunt, and was forced to wait upon Mr.Scawen at a committee to speak for her husband,
which I did. After that met with Luellin, Mr. Fage,and took them both to the Dog, and did give thema glass of wine. After that at Will's I met with Mr.Spicer, and with him to the Abbey to see them atvespers. There I found but a thin congregationalready. So I see that religion, be it what it will, isbut a humour,[The four humours of the body described bythe old physicians were supposed to exerttheir influence upon the mind, and in courseof time the mind as well as the body wascredited with its own particular humours. Themodern restricted use of the word humourdid not become general until the eighteenthcentury.]and so the esteem of it passeth as other things do.From thence with him to see Robin Shaw, who hasbeen a long time ill, and I have not seen him sinceI came from sea. He is much changed, but inhopes to be well again. From thence by coach tomy father's, and discoursed with him about Tom,and did give my advice to take him home again,which I think he will do in prudence rather than puthim upon learning the way of being worse. Sohome, and from home to Major Hart, who is justgoing out of town to-morrow, and made much ofme, and did give me the oaths of supremacy andallegiance, that I may be capable of my arrears. Sohome again, where my wife tells me what she hasbought to-day, namely, a bed and furniture for herchamber, with which very well pleased I went tobed.
3d. With Sir W. Batten and Pen by water to WhiteHall, where a meeting of the Dukes of York andAlbemarle, my Lord Sandwich and all the principalofficers, about the Winter Guard, but wedetermined of nothing. To my Lord's, who sent agreat iron chest to White Hall; and I saw it carried,into the King's closet, where I saw mostincomparable pictures. Among the rest a bookopen upon a desk, which I durst have sworn was areall book, and back again to my Lord, and dinedall alone with him, who do treat me with a greatdeal of respect; and after dinner did discourse anhour with me, and advise about some way to gethimself some money to make up for all his greatexpenses, saying that he believed that he mighthave any thing that he would ask of the King. Thisday Mr. Sheply and all my Lord's goods came fromsea, some of them laid of the Wardrobe and somebrought to my Lord's house. From thence to ouroffice, where we met and did business, and sohome and spent the evening looking upon thepainters that are at work in my house. This day Iheard the Duke speak of a great design that heand my Lord of Pembroke have, and a great manyothers, of sending a venture to some parts ofAfrica to dig for gold ore there. They intend toadmit as many as will venture their money, and somake themselves a company. L250 is the lowestshare for every man. But I do not find that my Lorddo much like it. At night Dr. Fairbrother (for so heis lately made of the Civil Law) brought home mywife by coach, it being rainy weather, she havingbeen abroad today to buy more furniture for herhouse.
4th. This morning I was busy looking over papersat the office all alone, and being visited by Lieut.Lambert of the Charles (to whom I was formerlymuch beholden), I took him along with me to a littlealehouse hard by our office, whither my cozenThomas Pepys the turner had sent for me to showme two gentlemen that had a great desire to beknown to me, one his name is Pepys, of our family,but one that I never heard of before, and the othera younger son of Sir Tho. Bendishes, and so we allcalled cozens. After sitting awhile and drinking, mytwo new cozens, myself, and Lieut. Lambert wentby water to Whitehall, and from thence I and Lieut.Lambert to Westminster Abbey, where we saw Dr.Frewen translated to the Archbishoprick of York.Here I saw the Bishops of Winchester, Bangor,Rochester, Bath and Wells, and Salisbury, all intheir habits, in King Henry Seventh's chappell. But,Lord! at their going out, how people did most ofthem look upon them as strange creatures, andfew with any kind of love or respect. From thenceat 2 to my Lord's, where we took Mr. Sheply andWm. Howe to the Raindeer, and had someoysters, which were very good, the first I have eatthis year. So back to my Lord's to dinner, and afterdinner Lieut. Lambert and I did look upon myLord's model, and he told me many things in a shipthat I desired to understand. From thence by waterI (leaving Lieut. Lambert at Blackfriars) went home,and there by promise met with Robert Shaw andJack Spicer, who came to see me, and by the wayI met upon Tower Hill with Mr. Pierce the surgeonand his wife, and took them home and did give
them good wine, ale, and anchovies, and staidthem till night, and so adieu. Then to look upon mypainters that are now at work in my house. At nightto bed.5th. Office day; dined at home, and all theafternoon at home to see my painters make anend of their work, which they did to-day to mycontent, and I am in great joy to see my houselikely once again to be clean. At night to bed.6th. Col. Slingsby and I at the office getting a catchready for the Prince de Ligne to carry his thingsaway to-day, who is now going home again. Aboutnoon comes my cozen H. Alcock, for whom Ibrought a letter for my Lord to sign to my LordBroghill for some preferment in Ireland, whither heis now a-going. After him comes Mr. Creed, whobrought me some books from Holland with him,well bound and good books, which I thought he didintend to give me, but I found that I must pay him.He dined with me at my house, and from thence toWhitehall together, where I was to give my Lord anaccount of the stations and victualls of the fleet inorder to the choosing of a fleet fit for him to take tosea, to bring over the Queen, but my Lord notcoming in before 9 at night I staid no longer forhim, but went back again home and so to bed.7th (Lord's day). To White Hall on foot, calling atmy father's to change my long black cloak for ashort one (long cloaks being now quite out); but hebeing gone to church, I could not get one, andtherefore I proceeded on and came to my Lord
before he went to chapel and so went with him,where I heard Dr. Spurstow preach before the Kinga poor dry sermon; but a very good anthem ofCaptn. Cooke's afterwards. Going out of chapel Imet with Jack Cole, my old friend (whom I had notseen a great while before), and have promised torenew acquaintance in London together. To myLord's and dined with him; he all dinner time talkingFrench to me, and telling me the story how theDuke of York hath got my Lord Chancellor'sdaughter with child,[Anne Hyde, born March 12th, 1637,daughter of Edward, first Earl of Clarendon.She was attached to the court of thePrincess of Orange, daughter of Charles I.,1654, and contracted to James, Duke ofYork, at Breda, November 24th, 1659. Themarriage was avowed in London September3rd, 1660. She joined the Church of Rome in1669, and died March 31st, 1671.]and that she, do lay it to him, and that for certainhe did promise her marriage, and had signed it withhis blood, but that he by stealth had got the paperout of her cabinet. And that the King would havehim to marry her, but that he will not.[The Duke of York married Anne Hyde, andhe avowed the marriage September 3rd, sothat Pepys was rather behindhand in hisinformation.]So that the thing is very bad for the Duke, and
them all; but my Lord do make light of it, as a thingthat he believes is not a new thing for the Duke todo abroad. Discoursing concerning what if theDuke should marry her, my Lord told me thatamong his father's many old sayings that he hadwrote in a book of his, this is one—that he that doget a wench with child and marry her afterwards isas if a man should——in his hat and then clap it onhis head. I perceive my Lord is grown a man veryindifferent in all matters of religion, and so makesnothing of these things. After dinner to the Abbey,where I heard them read the church-service, butvery ridiculously, that indeed I do not in myself likeit at all. A poor cold sermon of Dr. Lamb's, one ofthe prebends, in his habit, came afterwards, andso all ended, and by my troth a pitiful sorrydevotion that these men pay. So walked home byland, and before supper I read part of the Marianpersecution in Mr. Fuller. So to supper, prayers,and to bed.8th. Office day, and my wife being gone out to buysome household stuff, I dined all alone, and afterdinner to Westminster, in my way meeting Mr.Moore coming to me, who went back again withme calling at several places about business, at myfather's about gilded leather for my dining room, atMr. Crew's about money, at my Lord's about thesame, but meeting not Mr. Sheply there I wenthome by water, and Mr. Moore with me, who staidand supped with me till almost 9 at night. We loveone another's discourse so that we cannot partwhen we do meet. He tells me that the profit of thePrivy Seal is much fallen, for which I am very sorry.
He gone and I to bed.9th. This morning Sir W. Batten with Colonel Birchto Deptford, to pay off two ships. Sir W. Pen and Istaid to do business, and afterwards together toWhite Hall, where I went to my Lord, and foundhim in bed not well, and saw in his chamber hispicture,—[Lord Sandwich's portrait by Lely, seepost, 22nd of this same month.]—very well done;and am with child[A figurative expression for an eager longingdesire, used by Udall and by Spenser. Thelatest authority given by Dr. Murray in the"New English Dictionary," is Bailey in 1725.]till I get it copied out, which I hope to do when he isgone to sea. To Whitehall again, where at Mr.Coventry's chamber I met with Sir W. Pen again,and so with him to Redriffe by water, and fromthence walked over the fields to Deptford (the firstpleasant walk I have had a great while), and in ourway had a great deal of merry discourse, and findhim to be a merry fellow and pretty good natured,and sings very bawdy songs. So we came andfound our gentlemen and Mr. Prin at the pay.About noon we dined together, and were verymerry at table telling of tales. After dinner to thepay of another ship till 10 at night, and so home inour barge, a clear moonshine night, and it was 12o'clock before we got home, where I found my wifein bed, and part of our chambers hung to-day bythe upholster, but not being well done I was fretted,and so in a discontent to bed. I found Mr. Prin a